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Tribeca fest announces prize to honour Ephron

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NEW YORK -- The Tribeca Film Festival has created an award for female filmmakers in honour of the late Nora Ephron.

Tribeca announced the prize on Tuesday, on the eve of its 12th annual festival. The award will be presented to a woman writer or director, the festival said, "who embodies the spirit and vision" of Ephron.

The 71-year-old New York-based Ephron died last year after a lifetime of books, plays and movies, including When Harry Met Sally... and Sleepless in Seattle.

Tribeca co-founder Jane Rosenthal said in a statement that Ephron was "a great friend to the festival" and that she hoped the award "will inspire a new generation of women filmmakers and writers."

The $25,000 prize is eligible to filmmakers with films premièring in North America at Tribeca.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 17, 2013 C2

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